Lead into Gold

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This article is about the musical project. For the process of turning lead into gold, see nuclear transmutation.

Lead into Gold was a side project of American industrial musician Paul Barker, best known as the bassist for Ministry and the Hermes Pan half of the Luxa/Pan production team. Primarily a solo project by Barker, Lead into Gold featured occasional guest performances by his Ministry bandmates Al Jourgensen and Bill Rieflin.

Lead into Gold only released two 12 inch singles and one full length studio LP. Idiot was the first release in 1988, followed by the Chicks & Speed: Futurism single and Age of Reason album, both released in 1990. The CD release of Chicks & Speed included the Idiot single in its entirety. Additionally, a 12” EP titled “Low and Slow” is set to release roughly 25 years after recording later this year on Wax Trax! Records. The tracks, according to Barker, are "The Sweetest Kiss", "Cry Baby", "Low & Slow", and a remix of the track "Lunatic/Genius" with additional percussion by Rieflin. It will be released on Wax Trax! Records in 2015, along with newly recorded material.

In the video for "Faster Than Light", Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) can be seen playing the guitar. He was rumored to have been in the area for the "Head Like a Hole" video shoot when he made his cameo.

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